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2014 Events

We have a great series of events coming up and we keep adding on, so do check regularly! See when our book groups are meeting and what they're reading and meet our many visiting authors - there really is something for everyone. And if you can't make it to the event, just send us an email or give us a call and we can get a book signed for you - no problem!

september
KATIE HAFNER  

Thursday, September 18th, 7:00p.m.
Special book discussion with author KATIE HAFNER, based on her memoir Mother Daughter Me

A brave and loving Oprah "Book of the Week" that answers questions about the universal truths of family that are central to all of our lives!

Mother Daughter Me chronicles Katie Hafner's multigenerational living experiment with her elderly mother and teenage daughter that went awry after years of pent-up emotion regarding Katie's mother's alcoholism. Dreaming of a “year in Provence” with her mother, Katie urges Helen to move to San Francisco to live with her and Zoë, Katie’s teenage daughter. Filled with fairytale hope that she and her mother would become friends, and that Helen would become close to her exceptional granddaughter, Katie embarked on an experiment in intergenerational living that she would soon discover was filled with landmines: memories of her parents’ painful divorce, of her mother’s binge drinking and neglect of Katie and her sister, of dislocating moves back and forth across the country, and of Katie’s own widowhood and bumpy recovery. Helen, for her part, was also holding difficult issues at bay. How these three women from such different generations learn to navigate their challenging, turbulent and ultimately healing journey together makes for riveting reading. Explore the complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters in an author-led discussion with Katie.

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TAD PFEFFER, author of Hand of the Small-Town Builder:  

Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.
Slide show presentation with TAD PFEFFER, author of Hand of the Small-Town Builder: Summer Houses of Northern New England, 1876-1930

A geophysicist, teacher and photographer from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Pfeffer has written a thoroughly researched and thoughtfully photographed book about the craftsmen who built the homes we still see today.

Northern New England in the late nineteenth century saw an explosion of what we now call "new home construction." The railroads had opened up the mountains to tourists while steamers regularly plied the coast. The concept of a paid summer vacation was gaining traction, and families, both rich and poor, were eager to rusticate in small villages where, close to nature, they would enjoy the blessings of a salubrious climate. Middle-class families could afford to build homes, and since their budgets precluded "name" architects, the need was answered by native builders, talented craftsmen familiar with the local resources who could draw the basic lines, muster and supervise a building crew, and meet the needs of clients. These weren't the fancy summer "cottages" of Newport or Bar Harbor, but simple structures erected on modest budgets for comfortable summer living. Many were, and still appear, very beautiful, and the best examples are shown in this striking survey of houses built by self-taught architects whose work survives as testaments to their skill.

The men behind the developments were far more than builders; they acted as land speculators, developers, and architects. They ran the typical three-man crews, house-sat over the winter, and were the liaisons with the "summer people" who would arrive in June and leave in early September. The houses they built were sensitive to the local topography and connected to the landscape as masterpieces of vernacular design. From the seacoast and islands of Maine to the hill towns, lakes, and rivers of Vermont and New Hampshire, Pfeffer has thoroughly researched and thoughtfully photographed the best examples. His text is rich with history and commentary. Far more than a pretty picture book, this is a scholarly and richly documented survey of master craftsmen whose subtle but powerful influence on the northern New England landscape is poignantly recorded in these pages.

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october
Flight of the Sparrow  

Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m.
The 2014 One Book One Valley culminates its 9th year with a visit from AMY BELDING BROWN, author of Flight of the Sparrow, to the Lutheran Church in North Conway (right across the street from the bookstore.)

Imagine if folks throughout Mount Washington Valley read the same book. Then talked about it. And THEN got to come together to meet the author at a special valley-wide event. One Book One Valley will mark its ninth year in 2014, reading and discussing Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown.

On a bitter winter morning in 1676, the Puritan minister's wife, Mary Rowlandson, is captured by Indians. Her home destroyed and her children lost to her, she becomes a pawn in the bloody struggle between English settlers and the indigenous people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, she witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her own surprise, she is drawn to her captors' straightforward way of life, and when the opportunity comes to be ransomed back to the English, she begins to wonder if she will ever fit into colonial society again.

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